The robe was donned throughout a good chunk of the 1998 flick by the Dude, Jeff Bridges’ iconic character — and patron saint of slackers everywhere since. It will be auctioned in the Profiles in History sale in Beverly Hills, Calif., on May 11, according to TMZ. (It’s possible the robe actually once belonged to Bridges, since many of the clothes he wore in “Lebowski”were from his own closet, according to a trivia book .)
Among the other treasures up for grabs: James Dean’s tweed jacket from “Rebel Without a Cause,” Sylvester Stallone’s gloves from “Rocky,” the car from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” an original production cell from Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” and a real Everlasting Gobstobber from “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”
In June, Profiles in History will also sell the the elaborate gold beaded headdress worn by Elizabeth Taylor in “Cleopatra.” The larger-than-life Taylor’s death Tuesday could end up bumping up the value of the piece, and though its selling price will probably put the ratty old bathrobe to shame, the Dude was never really known for his opulence, anyway.
What would you buy if you could? Full disclosure: my choice is easy. Since “Lebowski” is one of the few movies I actually own, I’d definitely make a play for Maude Lebowski’s Viking-esque “Gutterballs” getup, Larry’s dad’s iron lung or, of course, the rug that tied the whole room together. I wouldn’t mind the Creedance Clearwater Revival tape, either.